Should domain name blogs only talk about domain names?

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So I wrote a post on Saturday about the overlap (or lack of overlap) between domain names and Bitcoin. Here’s the post, and if you scroll down you’ll see a pretty lively conversation going on. It looks like this is a pretty polarizing topic as some people agree with Rick and think Bitcoin and Domain Names are definitely linked, others agree with Konstantinos and think they are two very different beasts.

Of course, there are some people like RP who just think I’m an idiot, as evidenced in the comment below:

“I dont think you know anything about domains tbo. They are not made up of “1” and “0” to the consumer. They are consumer facing marketing assets. BTC does nothing for a business. Its just limited in quantity but has absolutely no value in (1) lowering your marketing costs (2) increasing your brand identity (3) increasing credibility and (4) allowing for an easy repeat visit.”

Yowza, sounds like a pretty angry dude. Oh well – he’s writing free content for my blog so I’ll take it, keep it coming!

Okay, so onto the topic at hand, or at least the topic I’m bringing up in the subject of this post. Should domain name blogs only talk about domain names. First, I’m glad I decided to built my blog on MorganLinton.com since I can write about whatever the heck I want to and you really can’t call me a domain blog, it’s my blog, boom!

Second, okay – so what about blogs like DomainInvesting.com, DNJournal.com or OnlineDomain.com – these are all “domain blogs” but I’ve heard them all cover other things besides domain names. What do you think, should they stick to domains or venture out to other topics that their readers might like?

As you can probably tell from my tone in this post, I’m being a little sarcastic because this is all getting a bit ridiculous. It’s a free country, and we’re lucky to live in a free country where you can write about what you want to write about. I think blogs would be insanely boring if they could only talk about one hyper-focused topic. While I’d be annoyed if DomainInvesting.com only wrote about Bitcoin, covering it every now and then is interesting to me, and probably interesting to a lot of other readers.

But that’s just my opinion and as you know, I’m just a guy writing a blog, and like RP said, I don’t know anything about domains, I just know how to put some words into this here WordPress thing. So what do you think? Should domain blogs stick to domains or is venturing into things like Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency fair game?

I want to hear from you! Comment and let your voice be heard…even RT 😉

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  • DomainNameBroker.com October 16, 2017, 9:50 pm

    We think domain name blogs need to focus exclusively on domain names.
    We also wrote to domaining.com two times now, asking them to exclude non domain name blogs from their website.

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    • Gene October 17, 2017, 4:28 am

      @Domainnamebroker

      That’s lovely to know…but who are (“We”), and why should Domaining.com take your advice?

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  • Joseph Peterson October 16, 2017, 10:40 pm

    How dare you talk about what you want to talk about, Morgan!

    Really it boils down to this: Any writer decides, at some point, whether he’s

    (A) a content producer serving the circumscribed expectations of an audience he intends to woo

    (B) an individual saying what he thinks, “audience” be damned

    It’s fine to be either. Most of us are both, depending on the context. Where this blog falls is up to the blogger.

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  • Don Murray October 16, 2017, 10:48 pm

    The great thing about owing your own domain is that you get to talk about whatever you want with no dictator involved.

    As far as crypto/token discussion goes it does mesh. Any asset can be tokenized and spread through hundreds of investors. That would include domain names:) That is coming down the line soon for domain assets.

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  • Joe paulo October 16, 2017, 11:31 pm

    I think domain blogs should really be about domains, there are crypto blogs for crypto, stock/shares blogs for stocks/shares etc…writing about crypto can have an adverse effect to the domaining industry. A lot of domainers are leaving the industry because of crypto, so it’s not really helping. We want to promote domaining, not crypto. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Alan Dodd October 17, 2017, 3:41 am

    Ok, fair enough Morgan, but can you talk about domain names 85.54% of the time for those of us with OCD? Thanks.

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  • John October 17, 2017, 5:49 am

    Your blog is called MorganLinton.com
    Write about whatever Morgan Linton is doing …
    It’s 1099 nation and the smart ones are going to move from one industry to another until something sticks

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  • Paul McMenamy October 17, 2017, 6:35 am

    Although there are occasionally topics (eSports and VR) which have less interest for me, I still take a quick look mostly to expand my knowledge around that topic Morgan.
    Rarely, if ever, have I thought it was just not worth reading.
    You provide FREE quality, informative and thought-provoking reading matter for us and for that I am grateful. Many thanks Morgan.
    p.s. people can always unsub if they don’t like it?

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  • Web Vision October 17, 2017, 7:37 am

    Morgan, Domain blogs can be about domains, yes, and some other items. But in todays world I HATE even looking at the news because most of it is politics over and over or celebrity crap. I like your blog quite a bit and dont mind at all when you have an opinion on another type of business… But when some of these blogs start with the political thing, I just dont go back, I am there for knowledge and seeing what many of the domain comments are as that is a fantastic break from all the BS going on currently. Many of the domain people that comment have very good answers or questions about many different things and there for each person can possibly use something that someone says to their advantage.. Keep up the good work

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  • Juan October 17, 2017, 9:45 am

    Morgan, thanks for writing whatever you like to write.

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  • Joe October 17, 2017, 12:35 pm

    You as a domainer can write everything that appeals and give of what you write your opinion and ask your subscribers in the post.

    Bad for anyone who is dedicated to write only from their market, and not open to other markets.

    I believe that you write as you like and this is what is important for us, the other blog that you describe in this post to do all the same, we can make our comment in subject that is news in this world.

    Keep writing Morgan just like yesterday and today, the next so we can give our comment and opinion with Ethereum.

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  • Rob October 17, 2017, 12:41 pm

    The blockchain will alleviate many headaches for domainers. You will not need to pay an escrow service – the transaction is verifiable and secure proof of ownership and thus transfer of ownership. Some six-figure domain transactions (single and portfolio) have a combined payment arrangement (cash plus equity, etc…) and these contracts will be securely and quickly executed. Brokers can attest to many transactions falling out of escrow – blockchain solves for this. Disintermediation is a multi-prong benefit in this use case so you better start to reinvent your process to your clients. And my last point is about capital. Why do many domain whales live in tax havens? When you want to move capital, if that capital is in fiat, it’s not as advantageous and notably much more traceable by your local tax authority. If I want to buy a seven figure portfolio via BTC, LTC, ETH, I can – safely, securely, nearly instantaneously, and without third party intervention (fees; you control your own tax reporting) There are many handshake deals done at the industry conferences (NamesCon, MERGE, etc…) Imagine if those handshakes were executed in 10 minutes (avg bitcoin tx time) because the assets and ownership records were already on the blockchain?

    Domains and registries will be on the blockchain in short order. See you on the blockchain!

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  • Will October 17, 2017, 6:07 pm

    I agree 100% if you have your own blog you are able to talk about anything you want. Of course if you are in the domain industry and you want to provide helpful information to your readers who might be in domaining as well that makes sense to be your main talked about topic. But you should not limit yourself to just this, you are free to write about any other experiences or activities you are into.

    For example I like writing about domains and any experiences I have relating to domains. At the same time I love sharing motivational stories or encouraging tips to stay focus and never give up. It is good to mix it up and this way you can appeal to a range of different readers not just domaining.

    Even if you decide to stop doing domaining you can still have a very successful blog and following because you focused on a wide range of topics.

    – Will

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